I’ve been very impressed with Sheyi Ojo since he returned from his loan spell at Wolves. He’s always had silky skills and great pace but he has added a lot to his game in recent months. For a start he must have been working hard in the gym as he is no longer the gangly teenager but is an incredible physical specimen for an 18 year old and has a strength he lacked before. He also seems to have grown a couple of inches in the last year and has started to win high balls. He has terrific pace and I reckon he’s even faster than Sterling. Another asset is that he is two footed so can go either side of a defender with confidence and is scoring goals with both feet.
Talking of goals he scored his first hat-trick last night against Middlesbrough. It’s something he needed to to add to his game but he is now doing this. Who can forget his finish against Exeter, but he curled one in last night from the other side with his right foot.
My main doubt about Ojo has been whether he had the mentality to become a top player (he always had the ability). He is so naturally gifted, but gave the impression of being a very laid-back lad. This is no longer the case. He seems to have developed a more steely attitude and appears really focussed. He’s also brave. He gets fouled a lot but picks himself up and gets on with his game.
Its going to be hard for him to break into the first team this season with most of our forwards fit but if he maintains his current form Klopp can forget about buying a winger in the summer (I don’t count Goetze as a winger) as this lad will surely blossom next season.